Professional responsibilities can define a person, but they can also quickly overwhelm someone and cause burnout as well. These added stresses can then cause a number of health problems, create difficulties in personal and professional relationships, and ultimately cause a negative spiral of choices that takes people away from their zone of happiness.
The good news is that it is possible to control how overwhelmed you may be feeling at work. Here’s how you can stay in your zone of happiness while handling stressful situations:
Plan ahead. Deadlines don’t often change, which means you have a set amount of time to get certain tasks done. Many people are forced to juggle multiple deadlines for multiple projects and that’s what causes them to feel overwhelmed. By planning out each day, each week, or even each month ahead of time, you’ll have a better idea of what needs to be done each day. In essence, you’re setting short-term, achievable goals by doing this and accomplishing those goals will make you feel good
Eliminate distractions. One of the biggest contributors to work not getting done are distractions. E-mails, social media notifications, and even SMS texts can all divide your attention. By eliminating these distractions, you’ll be able to focus more on the tasks at-hand, complete them in a more timely manner, and that will help to eliminate that feeling of being overwhelmed.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you need help, just ask for it. You’ll know that you need help if you have planned out your time and there is just too much work for you to be able to do before a deadline needs to be met. Take your plans and your work to someone who might be able to help and show them what you need them to do. This will give you a better chance of getting the exact help you need so that the whole job can be done on time.
Treat yourself sometimes. It’s not procrastination to treat yourself to a nice break every now and again. By taking a break to focus on yourself, you can actually reset your mind and come back to a task with a greater focus than before! Make sure that you do something that you love during this time, whether that’s a cup of coffee in a quiet moment or a quick bit of socialization.
Transform your vision. When you see all of the small tasks that need to be done start building up, it can cause a feeling of dread because all that can be seen are critical job tasks to complete. By transforming your vision toward the big picture, you’ll get a glimpse of why these tasks need to be completed, what good they will accomplish when you complete them, and that can help to add perspective to your current situation.
When in doubt, work out. Exercise, in many ways, is its own form of meditation. It allows you to problem solve, eliminate stress, and even have more energy to get through your day.
If that overwhelmed feeling is starting to creep in on you, then take these tips and apply them in the best way you can. This way you’ll be able to get through your day, avoid burnout, and ultimately find more contentment in life instead of more stress!